Leona A. Peterson, peacefully entered into the kingdom of heaven, Friday, September 23, 2011, at the age of 99 years, 6 months, 3 days.
A Celebration of Life service will be held 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 27, 2011, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Parkers Prairie with Rev. Kirk Lee officiating. Music will be provided by organist, Gloria Hollatz. Burial will take place at Parkers Prairie Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.
Leona Alma Augusta Boettcher was born March 20, 1912, to Edward and Bertha (Thun) Boettcher in Parkers Prairie. She was baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Parkers Prairie. She graduated from Central High School in Alexandria, Minnesota in 1931. In 2006, Leona, along with two other classmates celebrated their 75th class reunion. Leona's life was spent farming with her husband, Ernest, until his death in 1965. During her working career, she made use of her culinary skills by serving as a cook at Pilgrim Point Bible Camp, Parkers Prairie Senior Citizens Center and other establishments over the many years. Her church meant a great deal to Leona, having been a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church for over 60 years and been an active participant in Ladies Aid and Bible studies, as well as typing Braille Sunday School Lessons for over 17 years. In later years, traveling was a real enjoyment for Leona and she has traveled the entire United States and Canada many times. Leona was an outstanding seamstress. She tailored men's and women's suits, sewed formal wear and was an expert at re-designing new garments out of old coats, dresses, etc. Entertaining was one of Leona's greatest joys. She loved to cook and bake and her cooking was appreciated by many over the years. Any visit to her home required a "little lunch". She also loved to play cards and visit. Prior to her arrival at St. William's Living Center, Leona had volunteered many hours, she was actually the first person to achieve 1500 volunteer hours. It seemed fitting that she spend her elder years at the place she loved and had dedicated so much time and energy to earlier.
She is survived by her daughter, Diane (Clifford) Alveshere of Alexandria; son, Darwin (Marilea) Peterson of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; beloved brother, Duane (Corrine) Boettcher of Lawton, Oklahoma; five grandchildren, Brian Worsech (John Przbylski) of Doylestown, Pennsylvania, Jill (Don) Klimek and Christine (Steven) Svee both of Alexandria, Travis (Shauna) Peterson and Carrie (Jacob) Everidge both of Broken Arrow; six great-grandchildren, Justin Klimek, Nicole Klimek, Hunter Svee, Brianna Svee, Jaycee Peterson and Ellis Peterson; two great-great-grandsons, Easton Klimek and Carson Klimek; two nephews, Larry (Gail) Pearson and Daryl (Vickie) Pearson; niece, Cheryl Edstrom; and a host of extended family and friends.
Leona was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ernest; and sister, Irene Pearson.
Pallbearers are Brian Worsech, Don Klimek, Steve Svee, Larry Pearson, Daryl Pearson and John Przbylski. Honoray pallbearers are Travis Peterson, Carrie Beth Everidge, Jill Klimek, Christine Svee and Cheryl Edstrom.
Blessed by the memory of Leona Peterson.